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Psychology, 3rd Edition Paperback – January 10, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0205011353 ISBN-10: 0205011357 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 792 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall; 3rd edition (January 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205011357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205011353
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Saundra K. Ciccarelli, Professor of Psychology for over 28 years at Gulf Coast Community College; Ph.D in developmental psychology from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.  
   
J. Noland White, Associate Professor in the Department of Pschological Science at Georgia College & State University; Ph.D. in Education from The University of Tennessee with a major in counseling psychology and specialty focus in neuropsychology.

Customer Reviews

This book is very helpful in my psych class.
Michelle
See how this gets really annoying (it really does) because you get confused and never know what you are reading (are you inside parenthesis or outside?).
Shan
As far as textbooks go this was an interesting and easy read so don't stress too much if you're assigned this book.
Katrina Michele

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Just so you know, bookstores and book buyers only give you a fraction of the original cost of a traditional hardcover or paper bound textbook. If you buy the loose leaf version, you have the advantage of more portability (take only the chapters you need to class), insertion of your own notes within the chapters, and a much cheaper price to begin. Yes, you cannot sell it back to the college bookstore and book buyers won't take it. But the price you pay for the loose leaf up front is pretty much the exact same amount of money you would have been "out" had you bought the much more expensive version and then sold it back. So, the question you really have to ask is do you want to "rent" a hardcover or softcover that you will sell, or do you want to pay the same price and be able to keep the text?

Now, having said all that, as the author of this text, I encourage you to go out and buy the hardcover because I get more money that way! Hee, hee. Buy several, give them to your friends. Makes great Christmas/Chanukah presents.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By AtypicalCollegeStudent on April 28, 2012
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Psychology, 3rd edition is a decent introductory textbook. My main issue with the book is the frequent addition of asterisks* to define common words at the bottom of the page. The asterisks are somewhat insulting to the reader's intelligence, defining words like "marooned", "intact", "enticing", and "hostility".
The body of the text is clear and easy to read, so the additional definitions are unnecessary for the average reader.
I personally find it difficult to ignore these asterisks, since I am accustomed to seeing them used for relevant information. With this book I still pause out of habit when I reach an asterisk, then I usually have to go back and read the sentence over again because of the interruption. Wouldn't be an issue if they were actually providing helpful information.
While this is a big distraction for me, others might not have any problem with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roxy on June 7, 2014
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Taking a psychology class online right now. I found the previous owner's highlighted notes to be pretty helpful a lot of the time. The product was in pretty good condition too. Remember that the third edition differs from other editions, so if you're taking an online class like me it's important that you get the right edition (my class told us to get the 3rd edition, but a lot of the questions were built off of the 2nd edition, so sometimes we get a pass on some questions).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Wainwright on February 17, 2014
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I won't say that I haven't learned by reading this book, but the almost constant onslaught of conceptual mistakes, poor or ambiguous use of language in descriptions, and editing errors make it anything but a smooth ride. The book reads like it was written by several people who had no contact with each other and was published without consolidating editing. Below are some examples of the frustrations I encountered while reading.

I actually got up to write this review after encountering a section quiz that presented material that was not covered in that section. I didn't miss it, and it wasn't there but subtle: the terms and ideas were literally not in the writing. At many points the authors will touch on non-psychological scientific issues and will usually make a mess of things (e.g. saying that 'high' sound waves are louder and 'lower' sound waves are quieter - this is linguistically and conceptually false any way you look at it, regardless of how vague it already is). It contradicts itself fundamentally by citing several studies and making leaping causal statements about the results that I think even the researchers involved would be embarrassed by (e.g. spanking your children makes them more violent).

Besides these stop-and-double-take moments of weirdness, the explanations themselves are sometimes unclear. My book is riddled with more 'WHAT?' margin notes than anything else.

However, the book DID more or less do its job in that I was able to participate in class and understand the basics. I leave it behind utterly convinced that there MUST be higher quality publications on basic psychology usable in college courses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rene Paniagua on September 26, 2014
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Great price for the book. I expecting a poor quality book but was pleasantly surprised when I received my book in great condition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcelina Inong on September 21, 2014
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met my expectation..I appreciate the honest description of the item by the seller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brittney Sherin on May 13, 2014
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I received my book today and looked over its condition. Cover has a fair amount of wear but that is okay because it is a rental I suppose. Inside however is where I was disappointed. The entire inside of the book has more than just a few underlining and highlighting. It is beyond excessive to the point of distraction. I guess I have the text and can do what I need but now ill be staring at someone else's erratic note taking skills.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By yvette on February 24, 2014
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Yes this book met my expectations. In fact I was quite pleased. It arrived much sooner than I thought it would. And was in great shape. Just perfect. And I just love the book. It is so interesting. I would definately recommend the book, and I would recommend ordering from Amazon.com. I have been very pleased with the service at Amazon. You people are just great. Thank you.
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